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5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

Back after a week's hiatus, here are your 5 things (plus some) to check out in and around the city this weekend.

This weekend, every cat and/or kid has its day

The lawns of the King Edward Community League will be transformed into a medieval land of weaponry and dance this weekend as the Knights of the Northern Realm host their 5th annual Medieval May. (Knights of the Northern Realm/Facebook)

Back after a week's hiatus, here are your 5 things (plus some) to check out in and around the city this weekend.

Head to St. Albert

What: St. Albert is hosting festivals for little and big kids (AKA adults) alike this weekend:

  • Downtown St. Albert has once again been transformed into a children's wonderland for the International Children's Festival — offering up five days of food, fun, refreshments and prizes. A full schedule of events is available here

  • Finally! A kids' festival for adults. Head to St. Albert this weekend for four floors of Lego, comics, video games and pop culture at Eek Fest — which will include special appearances by Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow; Arrow; Mad Men) and Adrian Pasdar (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Heroes).

Feline fancy right meow?
Did this picture make you squeal - or even just smile? Then you should probably buy a ticket to the Edmonton Cat Festival, happening this weekend at NAIT. (Edmonton Cat Festival)

What: The Edmonton Cat Festival is back for its second life this weekend at the NAIT gym (11762-106 Street). The event will be chock full of vendors selling kitty-friendly merchandise, as well as presentations, videos, and cat-themed face-painting. All proceeds from the event will go to cat rescue organizations.

When? May 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate community

What: The Oliver Community League, 124th Street Business Association, Christ Church and Robertson-Wesley United Church are teaming up this weekend to host a day-long festival of food, games, music and more on Saturday. The Oliver Community Festival will kick off with a pancake breakfast, followed by a series of outdoor concerts, a rummage sale and street hockey game. The event will take place along 102nd Avenue between 121st Street and 123rd Street.

When? May 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Round table

Expect all kinds of entertainment this weekend at the Oliver Community Festival (Oliver Community Festival)
What: The Knights of the Northern Realm (the realm being Edmonton) will gather for their fifth annual celebration of all things medieval on Saturday at King Edward Hall. And what's more medieval than a fashion show? At noon, the knights will strut their stuff, then will demonstrate their weaponry a couple of hours later. Tournament fights will take place on the hour, with period dancing on the half hour.

When? May 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take in some tunes

What: A potpourri of musical opportunities is available this weekend. 
  • Folk festival staples the Great Lake Swimmers will perform at the Royal Alberta Museum on Friday night. The group is currently touring to promote their new album New Wild Everywhere.

  • Edmonton choral masters Kokopelli will wrap up their season Saturday night with a literally moving performance along Edmonton's historic Church Street in which the audience will walk from one choir to the next, as each puts on a 20-minute performance. Fittingly, the concert is called "Journey."

  • The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will be performing the music of Led Zeppelin as you've likely never heard it on Tuesday night. 

Odds and ends

  • Don't be surprised if you see a service battalion in Rundle Park on Friday; about 120 soldiers will be training (and canoeing!) in full camouflage from 8 a.m. until noon.

  • A "bevy" of #yeg-based artists will be hocking their wares at a special on-the-spot pop-up market at Latitude 53 on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first 50 people to arrive will be handed a sweet swag bag. 

​​Know of a weekend event happening in the city? Email me at caitlin.hanson@cbc.ca or tweet me @CBC_Caitlin